About 100 foreign militants infiltrate Kunduz in N Afghanistan: Official

15:45, April 24, 2010      

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About 100 foreign fighters associated with Taliban and al-Qaida network have infiltrated Kunduz province in north Afghanistan to destabilize security, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said here on Saturday.

"As we have information some 100 foreing fighters from Chechen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Middle East and other countries have penetrated to Kunduz province,"he told a news conference.

The foreign insurgents have infiltrated to train local Taliban and al-Qaida operatives as part of campaign to destabilize security in Kunduz province and adjoining areas, the governor said.

Meantime, he added that national security forces with the support of NATO-led troops would raid insurgents' hideouts to ensure viable peace in Kunduz province.

He made the remarks amid increasing insurgency in Kunduz and the neighboring Baghlan province.

The governor also warned that the militants would penetrate into neighboring Takhar and Badakhsan provinces if necessary steps are not taken to curb their activities.

Kunduz has been the scene of increasing militancy over the past several months.

Clashes with Taliban-linked insurgents left nearly two dozen militants dead on Friday night elsewhere in Kunduz province, according to the governor.

Earlier, deputy to Kunduz police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash told Xinhua that 21 Taliban militants including their commander Hamza Khan were killed Friday night.

At the same time, fighting between security forces and Taliban militants has been continuing in the neighboring Baghlan province in recent days.

Source: Xinhua


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